Edited by Ellen Datlow
So what can you look forward to in Fearful Symmetries? There are monsters—human and non-human. There are children—those who victimize, and those who are victims. There are supernatural horrors, psychological terrors, nourish dark fantasies, and downright weird fictions. Featuring Nathan Ballingrud, Laird Barron, Pat Cadigan, Siobhan Carroll, Terry Dowling, Brian Evenson, Gemma Files, Jeffrey Ford, Carole Johnstone, Stephen Graham Jones, Caitlín R Kiernan, John Langan, Catherine MacLeod, Helen Marshall, Bruce McAllister, Gary McMahon, Garth Nix, Robert Shearman, Michael Marshall Smith, and Kaaron Warren. Come on in, and make yourself a cozy little nook in the dark, and enjoy.
Praise for Ellen Datlow
“Ellen Datlow is the queen of the dark anthology—editing for over 30 years—including such titles as Best Horror of the Year, Hauntings, and Supernatural Noir, in addition to having worked at Omni and Tor.com. This anthology, born out of a Kickstarter and published by ChiZine, is a collection of some of the most talented horror and speculative fiction authors writing today, including Laird Barron, Brian Evenson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Joe Lansdale, and many others. Recommended for: fans of horror who want to explore the best dark writing being published today.”
“Twenty previously unpublished tales of horror have been collected here by master anthologist Datlow (currently editor of Night Shade Books’ “Best Horror of the Year” series). The contributors range from well-known horror and dark fantasy authors such as Caitlín R. Kiernan, Brian Evenson, Laird Barron, and Garth Nix, but there are also four newcomers selected from a submissions pile of over 1,000 hopeful, unsolicited writers. One of the best stories is Nathan Ballingrud’s “The Atlas of Hell,” about a wise guy who goes to collect from a thief and runs into an occult artifact. Another is the creepy governess gothic “Suffer Little Children” by Robert Shearman. VERDICT This is a satisfying collection for horror fans, including a wide range of styles and themes. On a side note, Datlow encountered resistance when she wished to put together an unthemed horror anthology, so she and ChiZine turned to Kickstarter for crowd-sourced funding to publish the book.”